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It's all change for Leicester Tigers in big Euro clash

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Leicester Tigers have their big guns primed as they head into their most important match of the season to date.

Richard Cockerill's men face the Ospreys in a massive Heineken Cup pool two clash at Swansea's Liberty Stadium tomorrow.

The side Tigers have named to face the Welshmen bears little resemblance to the XV which started the narrow Aviva Premiership win at Worcester nine days ago.

England men Dan Cole, Tom Youngs and Geoff Parling are all recalled to the pack, while Ben Youngs starts at scrum-half and another England international, Manu Tuilagi, is named in the centres alongside Anthony Allen.

Also starting in south Wales are prop Marcos Ayerza, back-row forward Julian Salvi and Jordan Crane, who is named ahead of Thomas Waldrom at No.8.

Waldrom is on the replacements bench as is Ed Slater, who was named in the England Saxons squad this week.

Matt Smith is also among the replacements offering versatility at either centre or wing.

Ospreys have named flanker Justin Tipuric in their side after he recovered from a shoulder injury. However, centre Ashley Beck has been ruled out with an ankle problem.

Tigers head the group as they prepare to travel west, but the Ospreys gave themselves a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals when they beat Toulouse 17-6, in Wales, before Christmas.

Cockerill, Tigers' director of rugby, knows just how tough an assignment his side are facing against a team they saw off 39-22 when the pair met at Welford Road, in October.

"We go there trying to earn the right to be the best team," he said. "It was very tight at Welford Road before we ran away with it.

"We have a huge amount of respect for them. They are well coached. They have a good half-back pairing and are dangerous in the channels. Their back five is practically the Welsh back five and there is a lot to respect in that. Dan Biggar is a good goal-kicker and we have to be very disciplined."

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy described it as a "massive" game.

He said: "Leicester will come down here confident after some good results of their own lately and we know that we are going to have to match them physically."

It's all change for Leicester Tigers in big Euro clash


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